Colleagues of the wrestler are devastated by his sudden loss, with his wife posting a moving tribute on Instagram.

Former WWE wrestler Jonathan Huber - better known by his stage names Brodie Lee and Luke Harper - has died. The athlete and entertainer was just 41-years-old and his family, friends and colleagues were devastated to break the news of his passing on Boxing Day. The wrestler's devastated wife, Amanda, shared an update on Instagram where she revealed he had died of a non-covid related lung issue.

She wrote: "My best friend died today. I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken. The world saw him as the amazing @brodielee (fka Luke Harper) but he was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet. No words can express the love I feel or how broken I am right now."

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The devastated spouse continued: "He passed surrounded by love ones after a hard fought battle with a non Covid related lung issue.”

Sharing that she had been receiving support from Jonathan's wrestling company, she continued: "On top of that, I can’t express my love and admiration for the way @allelitewrestling has treated not only my husband but myself and my kids."

She continued: "The team at AEW have helped keep me standing and pick up all the broken pieces. I’ve been surrounded by so much love and incredible people I can’t tag them all but they know who they are and I don’t think they will ever know how thankful I am for them."

Huber was known as Luke Harper when he was in WWE, wrestling many of the company's biggest names as part of the villainous Wyatt family. He left the company to join rivals AEW last year, in what was widely seen as a fresh start for his career and his work was widely praised by fans and peers alike.

AEW released a statement on Saturday confirming that the wrestler had passed away.

Fans of the star took to social media to pay tribute, with one writing on Twitter: "I can't believe this. He was so talented. I loved him. R.I.P."

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And another devastated fan tweeted: "Talk about a tragic loss in the wrestling industry. He was talented as hell, a phenomenal wrestler, his mic work was AMAZING, and out of the ring he was a wonderful person."

 Jonathan leaves behind sons Brodie and Nolan. Photo: Instagram.

Jonathan hailed from Rochester, New York, and was known as Luke Harper when wrestling under WWE. While he went by the name Brodie Lee on and off throughout his career and more recently while fighting for All Elite Wrestling. He started off his wrestling career aged 23 as a backyard wrestler, making his professional debut for Roc City Wrestling (RCW) in 2003 under the name Huberboy #2. He made his WWE debut in May 2012 – and performed with the organisation for several years but many fans felt the company never took advantage of his full potential.

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He made his debut for All Elite Wrestling in March this year – surprising fans after he had been released from his WWE contract in November 2019. As leader of the cult faction the Dark Order he impressed many fans with his humour and intensity alike.

Jonathan married wife Amanda, aka Synndy Synn, in 2008 and together they had two sons – eight-year-old Brodie and three-year-old Nolan.